Featuring Hood River physician Dr. Erin Martin, D.O., caring for patients in the Columbia River Gorge, the noted documentary film “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” will air at 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Sunday, March 10, on CNN.
Martin says the film will air twice more on CNN on Saturday, March 16, at 8 and 11 p.m.
CNN has purchased the film produced and directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. “Escape Fire” has received a number of awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. After each showing on the Cable News Network, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will moderate a 30-minute discussion looking at how Americans can save money and boost access to health care.
Martin and her partner, Casey Weeks, own and operate the TrueMed Institute in downtown Hood River. She appears in the film during her previous employment with La Clinica del Carino, which this month becomes One Community Health, and in April will launch a new web site linked to that name.
The film makes the case that Americans aren’t getting the best health care relative to the amount we collectively pay, to facilities, providers (doctors, physicians assistants, nurses) and health insurance companies. The U.S. ranks 50th in life expectancy, according to the 2011 CIA World Factbook, yet spends twice as much on health care as any other country.
Among those appearing in the film are Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Dean Ornish, Steve Burd, chairman of the Safeway grocery chain, and Dr. Steven Nissen, cardiovascular care chairman of the Cleveland Clinic.
For an earlier story about Martin, Weeks and TrueMed, go here.